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nextNYers give "Focus and Feedback" to Sportsvite and 30elm

On Saturday, nextNY (now 600 strong) went small, gathering at the offices of Sportsvite to provide some feedback to two growing NYC internet startups. About 20 nextNY members broke into two groups to bounce ideas and constructive commentary back to Sportsvite, a team sports utility and social network, who had the home field advantage, and 30elm, a recently lauched site in the home design space.



The sessions will hopefully be the first of many opportunities for startups to get feedback from peers who are both tech savvy and interested in their particular spaces. There were certainly plenty of techy football, softball and dodgeball players among the Sportsvite group that I participated in.

Anyone can host a “Focus and Feedback” session, so if you have a company or application whose tires you’d like to get kicked, all you need to do is to find a space. Sportsvite was kind enough to buy us lunch, but, for me personally, it’s always great to be able to sit down with the creators of a product to give direct feedback and know that at least one of my 15 bad ideas might accidently make its way into the product.

So, if you want to organize or host a session, just hit up our listserv and post a new page on the wiki.

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 11:38AM by Registered CommenterCharlie O'Donnell in | Comments5 Comments | References2 References

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Charlie beat me to the punch on this post and of course he did a great job summarizing the event. In terms of hosting it things couldn’t have run smoother. We had tremendous interest from the first day we floated the idea out on the listserv and had a great turnout (especially for a Saturday afternoon). Everybody who was there was enthusiastic and contributed to the discussion. We found tremendous value in the feedback and new ideas and it allowed us to take a fresh look at many issues we are facing. All in all, a great time.

As Charlie mentioned setting up an event is ridiculously easy. If you are trying something new feel free to float it out to the group first to see if it makes sense. If it does I’m sure there will be tons of interest and participation from the spirited NextNYers.
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